Anchorage man pleads no contest to felony assault of officer

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man has pleaded no contest to felony assault after driving down a street with a police officer hanging out of his car window.

Daser Lavalais, 23, entered his plea Friday in Superior Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Lavalais was stopped July 31 for speeding, but fled in his car after police officer Jeffrey Hobson discovered he gave him a false name and there was an outstanding warrant on him.

When Hobson tried to arrest Lavalais, he fled in the car and dragged the officer for a short distance when he reached inside to try and pull the keys from the ignition. As Hobson was dangling from the car, he pulled out his gun and shot the car's tire.

Lavalais was arrested at a bus stop after fleeing on foot.

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